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Fatbike and I not liking each other

Old 05-13-15, 08:57 AM
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Fatbike and I not liking each other

I swapped pedals from the trek to the minnie so I could try cleated on the fatbike. Up and down the street I had more power and easier pedaling. Cool !

So let's take it to the local trails and get dirty. By falling down.

It seems that locally is either a 1 or an 8-10 on a difficulty scale, and very little of it a 1 . I spent a lot of time looking at this path and that path and saying....nope. Particularly after going down a ravine and during the upward transition my right foot hooked a root precipitating a stall and fall that at first I thought had resulted in a knee ligament tear.

I got lucky. I just banged the side of my knee really hard on the top tube resulting in some bursitis and raked my shin on the fd. Did not come home happy at all.

I hope i can find some medium stuff around here or the moose is going to be a winter only ride. That crash was a wake up call to either ride where there is a lot of people traffic or ride with others so if something goes wrong, there's someone there to help.
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Old 05-13-15, 09:11 AM
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So blaming the bike and not your skills, works well?
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Old 05-13-15, 09:31 AM
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Originally Posted by Leebo View Post
So blaming the bike and not your skills, works well?
Harsh but true.

My suggestion based on the first post is to put platform pedals back on. If you can't clear everything on a trail, being clipped in is just going to make things more difficult and give you opportunities for low- or zero-speed tipovers.
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Old 05-13-15, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by ColinL View Post
My suggestion based on the first post is to put platform pedals back on. If you can't clear everything on a trail, being clipped in is just going to make things more difficult and give you opportunities for low- or zero-speed tipovers.
I'll begin by admitting that I could have much more off-road skill. Clipless pedals have never worked for me when riding single-track. After buying a FTB three months ago, I have ridden with clips and with platforms, preferring the latter because I can more quickly get a foot on the ground. Note: I'm not saying that everyone would need this.

Winter is almost over (yes, mid-May) here, and I am really enjoying the bike on the rocky single-track nearby. I run 5 psi in the tires and I can climb while standing without spinning/slipping the rear tire.

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Originally Posted by intransit1217 View Post
I hope i can find some medium stuff around here or the moose is going to be a winter only ride. That crash was a wake up call to either ride where there is a lot of people traffic or ride with others so if something goes wrong, there's someone there to help.
I don't understand how you've come to draw this conclusion. Your problem is with being 'clipped-in', so you're going to use the fattie only in the winter.. How are these connected?

Or are you saying it's a problem with the technical difficulty of the trail and that it's an issue for you regardless of whether you're clipped-in or not? That I can understand.

I struggle with cleats on some trails particularly when it's windy-twisty and I happen on an obstacle which requires a quick foot down or dismount. But riding fast over rocks and roots is a lot safer being attached to the pedals than getting bounced around and losing my footing. Also, I use a 2-sided pedal, platforms one side and clip-in on the other. They were less than $30 on sale at Nashbar and they work great. I have them on both my Beargrease and Warbird gravel bike. If I can see an obstacle or some dubious terrain ahead, I just unclip and flip the pedal 180.

Also, I'm no expert rider, very much intermediate level on trails and such.
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Crashing on a mountain bike ?? Never.
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